Blacksmith Class – Forge Your Own Knife, Axe or War Hammer

Blacksmith Class – Forge Your Own Knife / Axe / War Hammer

$250.00
Discover the thrill of forging your own Chef’s Knife, Axe, or War Hammer as you learn the art of blacksmithing. Choose from several forging options at 2 Ottawa locations.
Where:Ottawa, Ontario
Price for:1 Participant
Discover the thrill of forging metal!

Experience what it is like to transform a piece of steel into your own functional axe, knife, war hammer, or your own personal blacksmithing tools.

With hands-on guidance from a renowned blacksmith artist, you will hand forge metal using traditional or modern methods of forging and heat treating. The focus will be on basic blacksmithing skills with an additional focus on hammer control techniques, fine grinding, single bevel and burn tang handle design.

If you are looking to begin a new hobby or you have always wanted to try the art of blacksmithing, this is one of the best opportunities to get your hands a little dirty and forge your own beautiful work of art!

Classes take place at 2 Ottawa area locations:

  • Hawkesbury: A massive industrial heritage shop boosting centuries old tooling including coal fire forges, a working line shaft, and a heritage approach to blacksmithing.  VIEW MAP
  • Merivale Road (Ottawa West): This shop is blacksmithing in the 21st Century while still having the flavor of heritage. With an electro-induction forge and a propane forge, this is modern blacksmithing. VIEW MAP


Your experience certificate is valid towards any of the blacksmithing classes below:

Hawkesbury location classes:

  • Knife forging: Learn the basics of knife forging. Create a 9" knife to completion from raw bar stock.

  • Throwing Axe or War Hammer: Forge your own of 2lbs throwing axe or 2lbs Warhammer. The class focuses on basic techniques, upsetting, drifting, tapering, splitting (Warhammer only) and sharpening.

  • Welded Axe: Learn anatomy of the axe, forge welding techniques by blending mild style with a tool steel bit for the blade, traditional forging, hot cutting, heat treating, and riveting.

  • Damascus Blade: Forge your own 1.5"x 10"x 3/16" Damascus billet from 1045 and 15N20. Forge, grind and etch your billet.

  • Traditional Woodsmans Axe: Punch, drift and forge your way to a traditional 2lbs woodsman's belt axe in the traditional punch and drift methods of the blacksmith.

  • Blacksmithing Tools – Tongs: Learn to make your own a punch and pair of punch holding tongs.

  • Blacksmithing Tools – Hammer: Learn to make your own 2lbs rounding blacksmith hammer.

Merivale location classes:

  • Knife forging: Learn the basics of knife forging. Create a 9" knife to completion from raw bar stock.

  • Throwing Axe or War Hammer: Forge your own of 2lbs throwing axe or 2lbs Warhammer. The class focuses on basic techniques, upsetting, drifting, tapering, splitting (Warhammer only) and sharpening.

  • Campfire Copper Laddle and Steak Turner: Forge your own copper ladle from 1/16th copper sheet and mild steel rod as well as a steak turner in this 4-hour intro course.

What’s included:

  • Discover the ancient and noble skill of blacksmithing.
  • Learn is a relaxed and fun environment with veteran blacksmithers.

When:  Available year-round with select dates each month for each class (subject to availability). 

Duration: Each class is 7-hours with the exception of the Campfire Copper Laddle / Steak Turner Class which is 4-hours.

Need to know:

  • Hammond classes use a Coal Fire Forge.
  • Merival classes use a Propane Forge.
  • Maximum number of participants per class is 4.
  • The minimum age to participate is 14 years.
  • Participants under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Participants under 18 require a waiver signed by their legal guardian.
  • Steel toe shoes or boots are mandatory.
  • Full length cotton or wool pants and a long sleeve cotton or wool shirt are mandatory.
  • Rings, bracelets or necklaces cannot be worn during the class. Exception is for a medic alert item.
  • Students are to provide their own water and snacks. At least 1 litre of water is recommended.
  • Gloves, aprons and safety glasses will be provided.

Whether you are looking to begin a new hobby and to delve into your creative side or for a unique experience gift, this blacksmithing lesson is the way to!

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